"I saw firsthand the immense impact Eddie Jordan had in helping the Nets reach two NBA Finals and as the head coach in Washington he consistently put his teams in a position to win on a nightly basis," Stefanski said Friday night. "He embodies all the qualities I was looking for in the next head coach of the Sixers and we are very excited to have him in Philadelphia."
It has been rumored that Jordan signed a multi-year deal worth about 4 million per season. The Sixers will have a news conference to announce Jordan as the next head coach sometime on Monday.
But no matter what a purist tries to argue, Interleague play is good for baseball. Over the course of a long 162 season, baseball can become monotonous. Fans don’t exactly clamor for tickets when the Marlins or Pirates come to town. But tickets are damn near impossible to find when the Red Sox and Yankees come to your stadium for 3 games out of the year.
The Phillies enter new Yankee stadium after winning 6 of 7 seven games in Washington and Cincinnati. The Phillies are playing good baseball but they still need to prove they can beat strong competition. The Yankees have won 9 straight games and will provide Phillie fans with must see TV.
The storylines are a plenty. Alex Rodriguez already appears to be in mid season form. Will Brett Myers be able to keep him in the park? JA Happ has finally grabbed a spot in the rotation. But I’m sure he would’ve of liked to face a warm-up team that didn’t include A-Rod, Teixeira or Jeter. If he can survive Saturday, then he may just have some staying power. And Sunday afternoon looks to be a pitcher’s dream. Cole Hamels vs. CC Sabathia. Hamels out-dueled the hefty lefty in the postseason last year. So will CC get his revenge now that he wears pinstripes.
It only three games and that’s probably why it's so fun to watch. If you miss the games this weekend, you’ll have to wait a couple of years before the Phillies face the Yankees again. Interleague play works because it is not over-saturated. The cross league games don’t usually sink or save a team’s season. They just make it a little more interesting for a few weeks.
1. Los Angeles Clippers - Blake Griffin PF Oklahoma
2. Memphis Grizzlies – Ricky Rubio PG Spain
3. Oklahoma City Thunder – Hasheem Thabeet C UConn
4. Sacramento Kings – Brandon Jennings PG Italy
5. Washington Wizards – Jordan Hill PF Arizona
6. Minnesota Timberwolves - James Harden SG/SF Arizona State
7. Golden State Warriors – Tyreke Evans PG Memphis
8. New York Knicks – Stephen Curry, PG/SG Davidson
9. Toronto Raptors – Earl Clark SF Louisville
10. Milwaukee Bucks – DeMar DeRozan SG USC
11. New Jersey Nets – DeJuan Blair PF Pittsburgh
12. Charlotte Bobcats – Gerald Henderson SG Duke
13. Indiana Pacers – Jonny Flynn PG Syracuse
14. Phoenix Suns – Jrue Holiday PG/SG UCLA
15. Detroit Pistons – James Johnson PF Wake Forest
16. Chicago Bulls – B.J. Mullens C Ohio State
17. Philadelphia 76ers – Eric Maynor PG VCU
18. Minnesota Timberwolves – Terrence Williams SF Louisville
19. Atlanta Hawks – Jeff Teague PG Wake Forest
20. Utah Jazz – Tyler Hansbrough PF UNC
21. New Orleans Hornets – Austin Daye SF Gonzaga
22. Dallas Mavericks – Ty Lawson PG UNC
23. Sacramento Kings – Chase Budinger SF Arizona
24. Portland Trailblazers – Patrick Mills PG St. Marys
25. Oklahoma City Thunder – Taj Gibson PF USC
26. Chicago Bulls – Sam Young SF Pittsburgh
27. Memphis Grizzlies – Omri Casspi SF Israel
28. Minnesota Timberwolves – Wayne Ellington SG UNC
29. Los Angeles Lakers – DaJuan Summers SF Georgetown
30. Cleveland Cavaliers – Nick Calathes PG Florida
31. Sacramento Kings - Darren Collison PG UCLA
32. Portland Trailblazers - Dionte Christimas SG Temple
33. Washington Wizards - Curtis Jerrells PG Baylor
34. Denver Nuggets – Gani Lawal PF Georgia Tech
35. Memphis Grizzlies - Jerel McNeal SG Marquette
36. Detroit Pistons – Marcus Thornton PG LSU
37. San Antonio Spurs – Lester Hudson SG Tennessee-Martin
38. Portland Trailblazers – A.J. Price PG UConn
39. Detroit Pistons – Toney Douglas SG Florida State
40. Charlotte Bobcats - Tyrese Rice PG Boston College
41. Milwaukee Bucks - Damion James SF Texas
42. Los Angeles Lakers – Wesley Matthews SG Marquette
43. Miami Heat – Stefon Jackson SG UTEP
44. Detroit Pistons – Jerome Jordan C Tulsa
45. Minnesota Timberwolves – Jeff Adrian PF UConn
46. Cleveland Cavaliers – Goran Suton PF/C Michigan State
47. Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Brown SF Xavier
48. Phoenix Suns – Craig Brackins PF Iowa State
49. Atlanta Hawks – Ben Woodside PG North Dakota State
50. Utah Jazz – Jonas Jerebko SF/PF Sweden
51. San Antonio Spurs – Danny Green SG/SF North Carolina
52. Indiana Pacers – Jeff Pendergraph PF Arizona State
53. San Antonio Spurs – Josh Heytvelt PF/C Gonzaga
54. Charlotte Bobcats – Jermaine Taylor SG Central Florida
55. Portland Trailblazers – Robert Dozier PF Memphis
56. Portland Trailblazers – Jon Brockman C Washington
57. Phoenix Suns – Dante Cunningham SF/PF Villanova
58. Boston Celtics – Josh Akognon PG Cal State Fullerton
59. Los Angeles Lakers – Chris Johnson PF/C LSU
60. Miami Heat – Jack McClinton SG Miami
When Man vs. Wild first came, I thought it was the coolest show ever. Bear Grylls was insane in a great way. Then it came out that he secretly stayed in hotels and some things were staged. This took away most of the greatness of the show and I really have not watched it since. Now word has come out that in early June, Will Ferrell will appear with Bear for an episode. This is exciting news, although Will Ferrell's movies are not as funny as they used to be, he should be hilarious when conversing with Grylls. More to come when the air-date of the episode is announced.
This is just another incident indicating a growing trend that is taking our country by storm: People are becoming pussies. As I type this, I hear that Mark Cuban is issuing an apology to K-Mart and his family for uttering that he was a “thug” or a “punk.” Well, now there is a word we can all call you; “vagina”
Every day it seems, somebody is crying and demanding an apology from someone for doing something that, if they were a man, they would be able to shake it off and move on with their life. Whether it be an attempt to achieve fame and get their name in the news, or an actual lack of a penis and overabundance of estrogen in their bodies, people need to fucking stop.
Yeah, the guy was excited he just tied the series with a ridiculous shot. God forbid he act enthusiastic about it. How about instead of whining about his actions, you tell your spoiled ass kid to sit down and not be so close to the court. The kid’s like 11 years old and sitting courtside at a playoff game, neither he nor his parents should be complaining about shit.
And jeers also to Cuban. Fuck political correctness, you spoke your mind. K-Mart is a punk. You are one of the few people in sports who have the balls to tell it like it is, please don’t tell me you’re going soft on us too.
So as the sports continue this week, we will continue to see bitch foul calls, penalties for breathing on Ovechkin and Crosby, and guys getting in trouble for admitting he threw behind a hitter to send a message, even though he didn’t even come close to hitting him. What is going on with sports? Truly, it is a microcosm of what is going on in America. People are whining and crying and being little bitches, and it is considered ok. I only hope Big Baby Davis holds a press conference and people think he is going to apologize, only instead, he says something like “A. You should apologize for being racist by calling me an animal and B. Your bitch son shouldn’t have been that close to the court.” Of course, that will never happen. From athletes to owners to fans, everyone is becoming just like Davis himself; a big baby.
Today, at a ceremony at City Hall, the Philadelphia MLS franchise released its (already leaked) name and logo. The Philadelphia Union pays homage to our working-class city. We at Kotite’s are very excited for this moment being big soccer fans. The logo is cool. It has 13 stars for each one of the original colonies, of which Philadelphia was the capital. Within the circle it has the colors of the Philadelphia Flag. Under Union, it has the rattlesnake from a 1754 Ben Franklin cartoon. A little shot out to the greatest MLS fan club already, the Sons of Ben. The team colors (Navy Blue and Gold) were the colors of the American Continental Army. A secondary Logo has the shield with the saying JUNGITE aut PERITE (Join or Die). The team at the Union did a great job researching and picking an appropriate name and logo.
So here is a list of 20 players that I think get overlooked. Some players are obvious, like Brady Anderson, Luis Gonzales and Adrian Beltre, while others may be surprising.
Moises Alou, CHC, 2004. In a contract year, Alou set a career high 39 HR at the age of 37. The last time he got close to that was 38 in 1998. In 2005 and 2006 he had a combined 41 HR.
Garret Anderson, ANA, 2000-03. There is no major jump in stats here but, for 5 straight years Garret was pretty consistent and averaged 14 HR and 78 RBI. But starting in 2000 his numbers increased by about 50%. In the 4 year span of 2000-03 he averaged 30 HRs and 120 RBI. Surprisingly his HRs dropped back to an average of 16 HRs and 84 RBIs in the next 5 years, starting in 2004 the first year of MLB's drug policy.
Tony Batista, MON, 2004. I just find it really odd that at the age of 30 Tony Batista had to go to Japan for a job in 2005. This after hitting 32 HRS and 110 RBIs in 2004. Jose Canseco talks about how he was blackballed because of his steroid use, what about Tony.
Adrian Beltre, LA, 2004. Every year Beltre was just around 20 HR and 80 RBI. In 2004, a contract year for Beltre, he hit 48 HR and had 121 RBI. Beltre’s slugging percentage went up 200 points and then dropped back down 200 points and the same went with his HR (19) and RBI (87).
Dante Bichette, COL, 1995. Previous career high of 27 HR in 484 AB, jumped to 40 in 579 AB. Lead league with .620 SLG previous hit .548 and after that .541
Ellis Burks, COL, 1996. HRs (40) in 685 ABs was increased by 19 from 1990 career high. Ellis had total 52 HRs in the previous 4 years (1992-95). RBI (128) was a increase of 36 from career high made in 1988. Burks had 177 RBIs in previous 4 years (1992-95). Stolen bases also went up to 32 a career high previously 27 at his rookie year in 1987. Ellis had 36 SBs in previous 6 years (1990-95). It wasn’t just the COL factor, since this was the 3rd years in COL. AB all were similar throughout the years so, stat increases like this seem a bit odd for some one of the age of 31.
Jermaine Dye, CHW, 2006. Set career high of 44 HR at the age of 32 when previous high was 33 in 2000. Jermaine always seemed to be a high RBI guy but in the 3 seasons before 2006, that he was healthy, he averaged 84. Then in 2006, Jermaine’s RBI spiked to 120. The following year Dye’s HR dropped to 28 and RBI to 78 in 2007. His slugging also dropped 140 points in 2007.
Cecil Fielder, DET, 1990. Cecil’s MLB career started off really slow. In 4 years he only had 31 HR, 84 RBI 506 AB in 4 years. In 1989 Cecil had to play in Japan in order to play every day. In Japan Fielder hit 38 HR in 384 AB. In 1990, Fielder’s HR jumped to 51 in 573 AB. Fielder’s numbers steadily declined each year since 1990.
Brian Giles, PIT, 1999-02. In 1999 Brian Giles’ HR (39) was an increase of 23 from the previous season. RBI (115) was an increase of 49. Giles’ slugging jumped 150 points from previous season. In 2003 the first year of anonymous testing Brian’s HR and slugging decreased to numbers that were consistent with his pre 1999 numbers.
Luis Gonzales, ARI, 2001. This season to me is the second worst one only to Brady Anderson. Here are the HR totals for Luis each year starting in 1996: 15, 10, 23, 26, 31, 57, 28, 26, 17, 24, 15. RBI totals: 79, 68, 71, 111, 114, 142, 103, 104, 48, 79, 73. In every season from 1996-06 expect 2004, Luis played at least 146 games. At the age of 33, Luis never had a season with 40 HR and he almost had 60 in 2001. He didn’t suddenly get more playing time plus started playing in a hitters park, he played in 140+ games every year since1996 and 2001 was his 3rd season in Arizona.
Shawn Green, TOR & LA, 1998-02. Shawn wasn’t really known for his power in his first 3 full seasons in MLB. Only hitting 42 HR in those 3 years, and collecting 152 RBI. Then starting in 1998, Shawn’s number spiked. Shawn averaged 38 HR, 118 RBI and had a slugging of .545 in the 5 year span. Now this isn’t too surprising, most guys are hitting their prime at the age of 25, which Green was in 1998, but to suddenly lose it in 2003 the first year of anonymous testing, is a bit suspicious.
Andruw Jones, ATL, 2005-06. Andruw averaged 30 HR in first 8 seasons, then hit 51 in 2005, and 41 in 2006, only follow by 26 in 2007. After being an everyday player for 8 seasons it seems suspicious that Andruw would all of a sudden hit 51 HR when his previous high was 36. Andruw’s slugging also increased by about 90 points from his 8 year average. Then in 2007, Andruw had a major slump for the entire season. Hitting .222, 26 HR, 94 RBI, .413 SLG.
Esteban Loaiza, CHW, 2003. Pitchers are hard to spot statistical spikes, so Esteban Loaiza is my only one on the list. From 1995 to 2002 Esteban Loaiza averaged an 8-9 record with 4.88 ERA and 5.4 K/9. In 2003 Esteban was 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA and had 8.2 K/9. From 2004-08 Loaiza averaged 7-6 with 4.81 ERA and 6.1 K/9. A big reason for this spike was that Loaiza had a huge salary decrease in 2003, from $6.05 mil in 2002 to $500,000. Then back up in 2004, back up to $4 mil. It’s clear that the suspicious season that Esteban Loaiza had in 2003 extended his career 5 more seasons, when it looked like he was on his way out after 2002.
Javy Lopez, ATL, 2003. 2003 was a contract year for Javy Lopez, and he made the most of it by hitting for a career high 43 HR. Javy’s previous high of 34 in 1998, which is a long time ago for a catcher. HR were on a steady decline for Lopez, 24, 17, 11 then 43. Since 2003, Javy hit 23, 15, and 8 HR. 2003 was also a career year for RBI with 109. RBI were declining since previous high in 1998 of 106; 89, 66 52 the 109 RBIs in 2003. Since 2003, 86, 49 and 35 RBI.
Fred McGriff, TB, 1999-02. After a steady decline in numbers the previous three years in HR (28,22,19) and RBIs (107,97,81), Fred McGriff turned back the clock when he hit 32 HRs, the most since 1994. Normally not a big deal but the man was 35 and he didn't get a chance to get his 500th HR only 7 HR short. Jose Canseco talks about being blackballed after 2001, maybe the same thing happened to McGriff in 2004 after cut by Tampa after 27 games.
Kevin Mitchell, SF, 1989. From the seasons of 1986-88 Kevin Mitchell averaged 17 HR, 64 RBI, .460 SLG and batted .268 in an average of 432 AB. In 1989 Kevin Mitchell won the NL MVP, the first Giant to do so since Willie McCovey in 1969. Mitchell hit 47 HR, 125 RBI, .635 SLG, and batted .291 in 543 AB. His HR spiked by about 150%, RBI by 50% and slugging by almost 200 points, with only 38 more AB. It doesn’t help that he was arrested in 1999 for assaulting his father and in 2000 he was suspended for punching the other team’s owner in the mouth. Mitchell also played for 8 teams in 13 seasons.
Alfonso Soriano, WAS, 2006. 2006 was a year of many changes for Alfonso Soriano. Soriano was traded to Washington and shifted from 2B to the OF in the all important contract year. A move to a pitchers ballpark you would think his HR numbers would decrease, but you would be wrong. Soriano’s HR total increased from 18 to 39 from 2001 to 2002, and since then has stayed consistently in the 30s, jumped from 36 to 46 in 2006. Since 2006 Alfonso hit 33 and 29 HR in 2007 and 2008.
Fernando Tatis, STL, 1999. After 19 career HRs and 87 RBIs in 2 years, with 755 AB, Tatis hit 34 HRs and had 107 RBIs in 639 ABS in 1999. A career AVG of .265, spiked to a career high BA of .298. Fernando was also out of baseball in 2004, the first year of the drug policy.
Greg Vaughn, MIL, SD, CIN, 1996, ’98, &’99. Contract years, huge spikes in production in HRs, RBIs, and SLG. All after turning 30. Career HR: 5, 17, 27, 23, 30, 19, 17, 41, 18, 50, 45, 28, 24, 8, 3. Career RBI: 23, 61, 98, 78, 97, 55, 59, 117, 57, 119, 118, 74, 82, 29, 5. Slugging: 1989-95 .445, 1996: .539, 1997: .393, 1998: .597, 1999-03: .466.
At Stamford Bridge in the second game of the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea was up 1-0 and on their way to the final versus Premier League rival Manchester United. In the third minute of injury time, Andres Iniesta beat star goalie Petr Cech to tie the game 1-1. With a few questionable calls with fouls on Barcelona in their own 18, the Chelsea players got in the face of the ref as if they were Ron Artest on Kobe Bryant. The aggregate score was 1-1, and instead of an overtime period or shoot-out, the away goal weighs more and Barcelona advances. We at Kotite's although soccer fans, do not understand this rule and know something like this would not fly in American sports. All of that being said, it was a great game and we are pumped that Barcelona advanced to the finals. Right now Barca and Man U are the two hottest teams in soccer and it should make for a great game on May 27th in Rome.
At its core, a come from behind win is exciting. Watching Ryan Howard or Shane Victorino hit a grand slam to win a game is the kind of thing that makes the Phils fun to watch. But it also means something else. It means that the team was losing. And that is directly attributed to the lackluster starting staff.
Sure the potent line-up—Jimmy Rollins excluded—has provided enough dramatics to keep us fans smiling. And scheduled off days and unscheduled rain outs have kept the bullpen fairly fresh. But over the course of a long summer, sub par pitching won’t hold up. It won’t win a World Series. It won’t win the National League. And it may not even win the Division.
Cole Hamels has an excuse. It may not be a good one, but its an excuse. You can’t blame Hamels for Prince Fielder’s line drive, although he should be able to field a bunt without having to miss a start. We’re now in May, and the rust better start coming off of Hamels fast.
Brett Myers has been nothing short of a disappointment out of the gate. The hefty righty is playing for a contract but you wouldn’t know that by glancing at his bloated ERA. After watching Myers yield long ball after long ball, I sometimes feel like I could take him yard.
Jaimie Moyer is what he is. He’ll give you six innings of 3 or 4 run ball, take it or leave it. Joe Blanton has been like Jekyl and Hyde. He’s has throw three quality starts (ironically the Phils only won one of those games) to go along with several horrendous outings. Heavy B needs to find some consistency and keep us in games.
And Chan Ho may have used up all his good stuff in spring training. He wanted to be a starter so fans back in Korea could watch him pitch. I’m betting he’s wishing they weren’t.
It’s hard to complain when a team is in first place. But if things don’t start coming together, the stay at the top could be short lived. Ibanez, Utley, Howard and Victorino have grabbed all the headlines so far this season. It would be nice to see Myers or Hamels take the spotlight.
Barcelona traveled to Madrid and humiliated the 2nd place team in La Liga. With the 6-2 victory, Barcelona pretty much wrapped up the La Liga title. Playing his best game in the Barca uniform, Thierry Henry scored two goals. The greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi also scored two goals. Also scoring for Barcelona was captain Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique. Sergio Ramos and Gonzalo Higuain scored for Madrid.
Barcelona now has to travel to Chelsea for the 2nd game of their UEFA champions league semi-final. Last week they tied 0-0 in Barcelona.
The 76ers were eliminated last night in an embarrassing loss to the Magic, losing their first round series 4 games to 2. The Sixers suffered a 25 point loss to the Magic who were without Dwight Howard and Courtney Lee.
The Sixers have yet to win a playoff series since 2003, and this is the 2nd straight season that the Sixers went up 2 games to 1 in their first round series, and then proceeded to lose in six games. The game was ugly, and pathetic. The absence of Dwight Howard did not mean a thing. The Sixers continued to struggle on offense, and once again could not even get to 90 points. The Magic were doing anything they wanted offensively. Rashard Lewis had a big game, and so did Rafer Alston. Even backup center Marcin Gortat put up bigger numbers than his counterpart, Samuel Dalembert. Thaddeus Young never got anything going this series, and really played poorly. The only two Sixers who were consistent in this series were Iguodala and Miller.
There really is no reason to rehash the game, as it was pathetic. The Magic didn’t even really play an impressive series, and still won easily. I won’t go into the fact that the Magic have a bunch of punks on their team, mostly in Howard and Turkoglu, and led by their coach, Stan Van Gundy, who the players will soon quit on.
The Sixers face a lot of off-season questions this summer. Tony DiLeo did a respectable job getting this team to the playoffs, but he really is not a head coach in this league, nor should he be the head coach of the Sixers next season. As for the team, there are many issues, and I’m not sure how many can actually be addressed. The Sixers start two players who flat out are not good enough to be starters in Willie Green and Samuel Dalembert. We also rely on Andre Iguodala to be our #1 option, which he should not be. Iguodala should be a #2 or 3 option, and a facilitator. Iguodala has also stated that he can’t play the SG position effectively, which unfortunately has meant that Thaddeus Young has had to play the PF position. Thaddeus Young is not a PF, and should be the small forward. The Sixers are locked into so much money with contracts to Elton Brand, Iguodala, and Dalembert, so they can’t do much in free agency anytime soon. Andre Miller is most likely gone, which will hurt the team in the near future, as Miller carried the Sixers offensively at times, which you always need from your point guard.
With the 17th pick in the draft, the Sixers should address one of two positions: Point Guard or Center. This year’s draft is heavy on point guards with Ricky Rubio, Brandon Jennings, Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry, Eric Maynor, Tyreke Evans, Jeff Teague, Ty Lawson, Patrick Mills, and Jrue Holiday all expected to be taken in the first round. Someone like Eric Maynor should easily fall to 17. Even if the Sixers are able to resign Andre Miller, it will only be to a 3 year deal. The Sixers need to address the future of their point guard with a draft that is stacked at that position. Watching this season, Thaddeus Young has an unbelievable upside and will be the best player on the team in a few years. However, he does need to put the work in to improve, especially on the defensive end. Part of the reason Young has struggled on defense is because he is playing out of position at Power Forward.
With the Elton Brand experiment coming back next season, can Iguodala play the 2, so Thad does not have to be the 6th man? When Brand was in the lineup and Iggy played the 2, he looked awful. Andre needs to learn to play the 2 this off-season. He is athletic enough to handle guarding 2 guards around the league, and for the most part, should be able to physically dominate them on offense. If he starts at 2, we can get rid of Willie Green. Willie Green is alright and we rip him often. He has overcome a lot in this world to get where he is. He is just not a starter in the NBA. He is a very serviceable 6th or 7th man on a roster. Along with Green, Dalembert needs to leave this team. He is a freak of nature. He could easily be a 12 and 12 guy consistently in the NBA. The problem, he thinks he is better than he is and does not always try. He is a cancer and needs to be removed. Hopefully, the Sixers can resign Miller, but Miller has always made it known that he prefers playing on the West Coast. Miller is one of the most underrated players in the NBA, and because he is a veteran, he may sign with a team like the Lakers where he can win now. Marreese Speights has shown promise all season, and may be the starter in place of Sammy next year. This small line-up will be an athletic tough match-up for other teams. No matter what, the Sixers have a lot of tough decisions coming up this offseason.